Museum of British Road Transport

(21.12.2001 , United Kingdom, Coventry )
Landmarques – A story of Coventry’s road transport industry, 1869-1948.

On January 16th 2002 Landmarques, the new gallery at the Museum of British Road Transport, will be opened by West Midlands radio personality and university lecturer Dr Carl Chinn MBE.

The new galley is the result of the refurbishment and re-interpretation of one of the most popular areas of the Museum previously known as ‘Memory Lanes’. The project has been funded by the Designation Challenge Fund administered by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries.

Landmarques will become the introductory gallery at the Museum and tells the story of the birth of the British road transport industries in Coventry and their development up to and during the Second World War. It portrays a social history of the City and its industries, recreating the devastation of the Coventry Blitz and the City’s 1948 celebrations, which welcomed Princess Elizabeth to lay the foundations for Coventry’s regeneration.

The gallery is made up of recreated Coventry street scenes that use filmed characters and audio equipment to bring the area to life. It has been created by award winning consultants, Hayley Sharpe Design. This Leicester based company has produced many highly acclaimed projects in museums, galleries and visitor centres both in the UK and internationally.

This is one more in a series of Museum developments over recent years that have redesigned many of the displays to provide exciting and stimulating interpretation for old and young alike. These include the evocative Boomtown display, focused on people living and working in Coventry in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the highly successful Icons: Cars and Design from the 1930s to the Future which explores car styling and design over the last 70 years and into the future. With the addition of Landmarques, which tells the story of the City from 1869 to 1948, visitors can now find out about the unique contribution made by Coventry’s road transport industries and their impact on people’s lives from the mid-nineteenth century up to the late 1970s.

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